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Clustering as model for effective mannagement [sic] of schools in Namibia
Uirab, Michael Joseph
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This research study is based on the cluster system model for effective management of schools in Namibia. with special reference to Erongo Education Region. The cluster system introduces a new perspective on the way the schools arc managed. It radically differs from the historically isolated school, employing individualistic approaches and management practices characterised by strong hierarchical structures and top down decision-making. The cluster system advocates shared decision-making, teamwork, collaboration. integration and networking. In other words clustering provides a superb climate for teachers, principals, parents and learners to interface with one another within a legitimate framework. Clustering is an effective management model that has also been implemented in developed countries such as England, the Netherlands and the United States of America. The research study involved 60 principals as respondents to a questionnaire on the cluster system, its problems and prospects. The major findings indicate that clustering enhances the quality of education through sharing of resources, exchange of ideas among teachers, and closer cooperation between schools. The study identifies numerous challenges in the implementation of the cluster system. These challenges include disparity between schools in the rural and urban areas, lack of reliable transport, lack of facilities and teaching materials in most schools, large distances between schools, teacher isolation and increased workload among personnel. However, if the challenges and prospects of clustering are put on a simple scale, the latter would probably outweigh the former completely. This means that clustering holds encouraging prospects for the education system in Namibia in general and Erongo Education Region in particular. An important finding in this regard is that the majority of the principals in the Erongo Education Region agree that the cluster system has the potential to champion and transcend in effective management of all schools within cluster centres.
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